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The Equipment Planning team traveled to Phoenix, AZ to attend the 8th Annual Attainia Community Summit (ACS).  The community consists of hospitals, medical equipment planners, suppliers, GPOs, and services providers that use Attainia in their respective roles. 

While taking in the 95+ degree weather and the beautiful landscape, we were able to connect with Attainia users to learn how this powerful tool is used in other organizations.  The four day summit was jam packed with sessions that were much more than lectures, they were interactive discussions.  All participants were able to voice their opinions, concerns, requests and suggestions as it relates to the Attainia software itself and the future of healthcare as it relates to supply chain, procurement and clinical engineering as a whole. 

One very unique feature of the ACS was the opportunity for hands on education.  Attainia provided several training sessions for each software module they offer.  One of my favorite parts of ACS was the one-on-one learning lab.  It was manned daily with awesome Attainia IT staff that were open, willing and patient enough to answer any and all questions.  They even took the time to demonstrate how specific aspects of the software can work for specific projects.

Arguably, the best parts of the conference were the evening activities!  There were networking opportunities each night.  Our team connected with people from as far away as the UK and Canada and reconnected with people we partner with locally.  Best of all, we able to put faces with a names of all of the Attainia staff we have done webinars with and sent countless emails to.

Attending ACS was an information filled experience.  We look forward to applying what we have learned so that we can continue to give our clients impeccable service and be the company of first choice.

Written By:  Shawnita Washington

Earlier this month Cripe welcomed the 8th grade math classes from The Oaks Academy for their annual field trip in which they look to answer the age old question “Why do we need to study math?” Since the Spring of 2008 our talented engineers, architects and surveyors have shown these students how the same math they are learning today in algebra and geometry applies directly in resolving a draining issue or conducting a survey.

While demonstrating the evolution of survey through technology, Paul Klodzen, PLS underscored the discipline’s reliance on graphing skills and comprehension.  

Using the Pythagorean Theorem, Jennifer Lasch, PE led the group in an exercise to find the length of a line which then was then used to determine the slope of that line knowing the elevations (y) of the line.  She then showed how that line represented the curb line in a parking lot with a high point at one end and a storm inlet at the other end.  We wanted to determine if we had positive drainage (ie positive slope) and if it met the minimum design criteria that would be used.

In addition, the group looked at a fictitious lot and determined the stormwater discharge using the rational method (Q=ciA.)  They examined how the discharge rate would change depending on the type of surface on the lot (grass vs pavement or a combination thereof.)

Another interactive part of the day as when Carl Sergio and Matt Amore used the 3D Scanner to scan the students as they were sitting in  Cripe University illustrating how such technology is used in architecture projects.  The 8th graders were able to see themselves appear in 3D and understand how this technology can directly assist an architect and client in the design process. 

Cripe Architects +Engineers has long recognized the importance of both community outreach and education.  Our partnership with the Oak Academy is an important one, which benefits both the students and our staff.

In all it was a fun day for the students and the staff – the students left realizing there really is a reason to pay attention in math class and the staff left being glad  had all those years ago.

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The concept of “sustainability” is an issue of growing importance both here at Cripe and in the world at large.  Driven by a desire to conserve resources, it is primarily achieved through an increase in energy efficiency, whether that means the energy used to create the building materials, and building itself, or an ongoing energy efficiency as the building consumes resources once occupied.  For more in-depth information on this topic, see Jennifer Lasch’s recent post here:

Our Energy & Facilities department serves clients to save money on the ongoing long-term costs of building operations.  The Solar Decathlon is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy to encourage research and development in the academic world regarding both efficient usage of materials and also ongoing energy consumption by a building.  Many fantastic new building methods, materials usages, and energy management strategies/technologies have arisen out of this competition that is still in its infancy.

I recently discovered an article about the winner of the 2010 Solar Decathlon, and was amazed at the scope/scale of the project coming out of an architecture program, and also pleased to see that it came from the relatively modest school where I had the fantastic opportunity to study abroad for a semester in 2009- The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, or IaaC, in Barcelona.  Even the fact that its name is in English speaks to its intent to be an international program, and they draw students from around the world.

The 2010 winner, FabLab House, is well documented from inception to full-scale construction in Madrid, on the official blog for the house.  It’s worth a look, and an impressive project to come out of a very small architecture program in Barcelona’s gentrifying former light-industry Poblenou neighborhood.  The project also received many nice writeups on various architecture blogs and publications (credit pernell). It’s important for us in the practicing world to stay in tune with what is happening in academia, because it can inform our future work in many practical and useful ways- and keep us excited about Architecture!

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The third week of May, the Architecture department began what will hopefully be a monthly or bi-weekly opportunity at some lunchtime “out-of-the-classroom” learning- Architect Darin Lanich’s idea to host an Architecture Film Festival here in our very own “Cripe University”.

The inaugural film was a full-length feature (shown in two parts) called My Architect: A Son’s Journey, a documentary about Jewish-American Architect Louis Kahn’s work worldwide.  Researched, directed, and experienced by his son Nathaniel decades after Kahn’s death, the exploration of Kahn’s work served as a means for Nathaniel to learn about his father and grow closer to him postmortem (credit pernell).  The younger Kahn was 11 when his father died, and from Kahn’s second extramarital affair, so he wasn’t able to see his dad often during childhood.

Just last week the office was able to watch a short film Angle of Inspiration on Santiago Calatrava’s “Sundial Bridge” in Redding, CA as well as a TED Talk– a short video presentation from rising Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.  Upcoming TED shorts will include talks from notable Architects Thomas Heatherwick, Cameron Sinclair, Joshua Prince-Ramus, and Liz Diller.

We hope this film series will keep us inspired and more aware of the built environment worldwide, and maybe even teach us a thing or two.

Future films/shorts on the list:

  • Urbanized
  • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
  • Eames: Architect and Painter
  • The Homes of Frank Lloyd Wright
  • The Architecture of Doom
  • Sketches of Frank Gehry
  • The Modernism of Julius Shulman
  • Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect
  • How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
  • and many, many more if we can find them!

Very thankful for Netflix and iTunes!